Human Resources

Job Posting: Water and Sewer Maintenance Supervisor

Filing deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020 by 4:00 pm

The Town is recruiting for this important supervisory and technical position involving responsibility for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of the Town of Ithaca’s Water and Sewer systems.  The work involves planning and maintaining current and future water and sewer infrastructure system.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Public Works, with leeway allowed for the exercise independent judgment in carrying out work activities.  Public Works Department activities are a coordinated effort between the management team of the Deputy Town Highway Superintendent, Water/Sewer Maintenance Supervisor, and Parks Maintenance Manager.   Considerable coordination with the Town’s Engineering Department and intermunicipal infrastructure agencies is also required.  The employee will supervise the work of subordinate staff and work crews.  Responsiveness to Town constituents during emergencies and is available being “on call” status 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The Town of Ithaca is a mosaic of rural, suburban, and urban landscapes that surround the City of Ithaca. It is a college town, a farm town, a Finger Lakes community, and a tourist destination renowned for its scenic vistas, forested hillsides, gorges, waterfalls and Cayuga Lake. Town Hall is located within the City of Ithaca at 215 N. Tioga Street. Town Hall includes several administrative offices and the Planning and Code Enforcement Departments.  Public Works and Engineering Departments are located at 114 Seven Mile Drive.


Town of Ithaca strongly values a diverse and inclusive workforce.  Town Board, Management and staff are committed to equity and inclusion and encourage those with similar values to apply.



  • Assists Director of Public Works in the planning and coordination of operations of Public Works Department;
  • Oversees the construction and maintenance of the water and sewer maintenance program including schedules, implementation measures and cost estimates;
  • Coordinates with Deputy Town Highway Superintendent, and Parks Maintenance Manager on daily staff assignments and overall workload of Public Works Department;
  • Coordinates with Engineering Department regarding town water and sewer infrastructure maintenance and capital improvements making recommendations on improvements and changes to infrastructure and facilities;
  • Coordinates with the Engineering Department for services by technician staff;
  • Performs development reviews of projects proposed in the town and makes recommendations regarding water and sewer infrastructure, in conjunction with Engineering;
  • Supervises the work of subordinate personnel, planning, assigning and reviewing work, makes staffing recommendations and assisting with performance review program;
  • Aides in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures;
  • Monitors construction and maintains budget to track expenditures;
  • Prepares reports, keeps daily logs of projects, and tracks program costs for Director of Public Works;
  • Prepares Federal and State documentation relative to operation, maintenance and failures of the sewer collection and water distribution system and other related records and reports as required;
  • Assists Director of Public Works with the annual budget process;
  • Aides in the coordination of joint projects with other departments, governments, residents and agencies;
  • Maintains an inventory of supplies and equipment, and makes purchases as needed;
  • Respond to constituents inquires relating to water and sewer, and all related maintenance;
  • Provide leadership in maintaining good and effective public relations;
  • Provide technical assistance to Town Board, Town staff, other municipal boards, commissions, committees, officials and staff;
  • May represent the Department at meetings with staff and officials from other municipalities, outside agencies and residents;
  • Reviews invoices regarding water and sewer received from municipal entities to ensure accuracy prior to payment;
  • Ensures compliance of Confined Space program and coordinates annual safety training;
  • Keeps aware of safety procedures and/or potential safety hazards and relays them to the crew;
  • Assists in the management of department records, documents and equipment;
  • Available for 24 hour / 365 emergency response and coordination of emergency response situations.



 (a)           Graduation from a four-year regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in engineering or closely related field AND two years     of full-time paid construction or utility maintenance experience, AND one year of supervisory experience; OR

 (b)         Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in Construction Technology, Civil Technology or related field AND     five years of full-time paid construction or utility maintenance experience, AND two years of supervisory experience; OR

 (c)         High School Diploma AND ten years construction or utility maintenance experience, AND two years of supervisory experience; OR

         (d)         Any combination of training and experience equal to or greater than that described in (a), (b) and (c) above.


To Apply submit county application at:

Scroll down the list to the Town of Ithaca listings.   Please attach a cover letter and resume when filing. 

Questions regarding the online application program contact Tompkins Co. Civil Service 607-274-5526

Filing deadline: Friday, June 26, 2020 by 4:00 pm

Questions directed to: Judy Drake, Human Resources Manager  (607) 273-1721 or via email:    

Civil Service Exam:     Provisional appointment pending future exam

Hiring Rate:                $35.80 per hour hiring rate based on 40 hour per week schedule

Office Location:          Public Works Facility, 114 Seven Mile Dr., Ithaca

Work Hours:              Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 3:00 pm

Benefits:                 use of Town vehicle for commuting and emergency response, paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick and Personal time, Health and Life Insurance, Dental and AFLAC insurance                                 optional, NYS Retirement


Questions regarding the online applications contact Tompkins Co. Civil Service 607-274-5526